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Review: Arachnes - A New Day
Arachnes
www.arachnes.it
A New Day

Label: Lion Music
Year released: 2011
Duration: 48:30
Tracks: 12
Genre: Progressive Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 3, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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A New Day

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I've always had a passing interest in Italy's Arachnes, and while I love Italian power metal as well as prog/power, they never quite hit the mark for me. All that was set to change with their recent opus A New Day.

While in the past I felt that they were a talented yet passable band, this time around they nailed it. A moody progressive power metal album, that despite some language barrier restrictions ("My Face is Hard" – seriously?) comes across as an honest, genuine slab of prog/power. For the first time Arachnes have released an album I feel is completely worthy of merit, with a certain degree of artistic value interspersed with some wonderfully jagged edges of arrangement.

From the Brainstorm-meets-Labyrinth charm of opener "I Know the Darkness", to the sullen beauty of "Into The Fog", or the progressive metal mastery of "Big Hearth" to the surprisingly poignant "My Face is Hard" (still can't get over that song title) A New Day encompasses a nice, broad soundscape flirting with brilliance throughout. As far as performance goes, brothers Franco and Enzo Caruso steal the show with stunning displays of guitar and keyboard technicality as well as Enzo's quality vocal approach. The production is as expected of the genre, with a nice clear mix that is ideal for the material on offer.

Overall A New Day is an exceptional release that will sadly go unnoticed by a lot of prog/power fans. Whilst the album may take a few listens to fully open up, it is the honesty of the performance and arrangement that helps separate the album from the crowd. Let this take hold and I guarantee you'll be in for an exciting listening experience. Recommended.

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